“Together, our work will aid in increasing self-awareness and self-compassion.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I am originally from Ohio and I did all my schooling in the Midwest. I moved out to Portland, OR for my psychiatry residency and spent my last year of residency working with displaced refugees and participating in an international mental health rotation in Indonesia. After residency, I completed a two-year Pagenel Global Mental Health Delivery fellowship through Partners in Health and the Harvard School of Global Health and Social Medicine in Butaro, Rwanda. During my time there, I helped oversee the decentralization and integration of mental health services within one district in Rwanda. I then moved to New York City to pursue a fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University. In addition to private practice, I work as a medical director for an NGO in the city. I oversee all clinical services for the Mobile Psychiatric Outreach Program (MPOP), which provides psychiatric services to drop-ins, safe havens, and shelters run by outside agencies.
What should someone know about working with you?
My approach involves an integrated style that incorporates elements of psychodynamic therapy, attachment theory, and mindfulness. Together, our work will aid in increasing self-awareness and self-compassion. It will also lead to more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others, a sense of meaning in life, personal growth, greater vitality, and progressive freedom. I believe in more holistic approaches to care and have a background in yoga and meditation training, art, trauma-focused therapies, and basic elements of nutritional psychiatry, which I plan to integrate in my practice when beneficial.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am a lifelong learner and feel as though there is still so much to learn in the field of mental health. I am excited to collaborate with other providers and disciplines to help broaden my scope of practice and integrate other treatment modalities when indicated. I am particularly interested in psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapies, nutritional psychiatry, trauma-informed care, plant medicine, and mindfulness-based practices.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
My parents are from India, so I come from a multicultural background. Psychiatry and mental health in general are very stigmatized in so much of the world. I felt that even in my own family, there was no real awareness about what mental illness or mental health really was. Coming from that experience, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my work to destigmatizing mental illness and providing more mental health access to individuals. In my training, I have worked with refugee populations, genocide survivors, and the homeless. I now live and work in the most diverse city in the world.
“It will also lead to more fulfilling relationships with yourself and others, a sense of meaning in life, personal growth, greater vitality, and progressive freedom.”